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Descartes was a wooden-hulled paddle frigate of the French Navy. Laid down as Gomer, she was renamed Descartes in 1841 while still on the stocks.

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History
France
Name: Descartes
Namesake: René Descartes
Laid down: 11 February 1840
Launched: 5 March 1844
Christened: Gomer
Decommissioned: 15 August 1867
Renamed: Descartes in 1841
Fate: Broken up in 1867.
General characteristics
Displacement: 1,800 tonnes 
Length: 70.46 m (231 ft 2 in)
Beam: 13.40 m (44 ft 0 in)
Draught: 6.60 m (21 ft 8 in)
Propulsion:
  • 1785 m² of sail
  • 540 shp steam engine
Armament: 20 guns
Armour: Timber

She took part in the Crimean War, and was used to ferry wounded from Italy.

On 17 October 1855, she took part in the Battle of Kinburn.

She was eventually broken up in Brest in July 1867.

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